Could we use technology and drugs to enhance our cognitive, emotional and physical capacities and become super-humans? This idea, or dream, is certainly riddled through contemporary popular culture, from the Bourne Supremacy to Iron Man, from Limitless to the transhumanist computer game Deus Ex. But now the idea seems to be leaping effortlessly from comic Read more…

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Over at the New York Times’ excellent Opinionator blog, philosophers Peter Singer and Agata Sagan ponder whether we should all be prescribed ‘morality pills’ to make us more altruistic (I nicked the amusing illustration from that site as well – it’s by Leif Parsons). The authors write: Researchers at the University of Chicago recently took Read more…

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Welcome to this week’s round-up. First, some good news: the Arts and Humanities Research Council has agreed to fund a project I’m going to run from the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, to research and encourage the growth of philosophy groups around the world. The project will Read more…

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Two experiences that seem to me to show that our minds are not one but many: first of all, when I’m playing tennis, and am receiving serve, and the serve hits the net, I find that my body still leaps to the left or the right, even though my conscious mind already knows that the Read more…

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The nice thing about having lived in Russia is that everyone assumes you must have been a spy. Acquaintances drop knowing hints about MI6. One relative even claims she heard me sleep-talking one night, mumbling in Russian, before shouting out: ‘Not this time, Karla!’ The truth, sadly, is that neither MI6, nor the Foreign Office, Read more…

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